IBTM, part of leading global exhibition organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions, announces that it has appointed David Thompson (pictured above) as exhibition director for IBTM World.
Thompson has spent the last 14 years in the industry producing award-winning events for the likes of Haymarket Exhibitions, BBC, Informa, Daily Mail Group and Clarion Events. He brings with him an international perspective having organized exhibitions and conferences across Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. In his previous role at Clarion, Thompson ran a portfolio of security events which each year played host to 15,000+ attendees from more than 100 countries, building strong relationships with government and industry.
Shane Hannam, portfolio director, IBTM, comments, “We are delighted to have David join us as exhibition director for IBTM World. David has an excellent track record of delivering commercially successful, customer-focused events and I’m excited to work alongside him as we continue to build on the success of last year’s record-breaking event.”
Thompson says, “I’m thrilled to join IBTM World and look forward to working with the team and the global MICE community both of whom are integral in building this incredible event. With the event now just six weeks away, I’ll be supporting the team as they reach the climax of the event cycle and will be immersing myself in the sector to engage with as many of the stakeholders as possible. I am keen to bring my global experience and passion for innovation in events to the role and I’m excited about building for the future.”
IBTM World 2018 takes place from Nov. 27-29 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. This year the event will welcome around 3,000 exhibiting companies from more than 150 countries, 3,500+ buyers and thousands of visitors for a packed schedule of meetings, networking and educational sessions. In 2017, more than 74,000 pre-scheduled meetings between exhibitors and buyers were arranged over the three days.
IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions is the world’s leading showcase for the meetings and events industry (also known as MICE) with a portfolio of five global and regional events providing business solutions on five continents. They include IBTM World, IBTM Arabia, IBTM Africa, IBTM Americas and IBTM China. For more info, visit www.ibtmevents.com
Reed Travel Exhibitions is the world’s leading travel and tourism event’s organizer, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 22 international events in 13 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. Its market-leading, business-to-business events cover all elements of travel and tourism, including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf travel. For more info, visit www.reedtravelexhibitions.com